Experiences of a Geologist


Having simply end up being an Earth Sciences (Geology) trainee, I am currently utilized to individuals’s stock reaction being ‘ooo … rocks …’. While geology is the research study of rocks and Earth’s structure, it is likewise a lot more! For me it is the ideal mix of all the important things I enjoyed at A-Level; Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Location.

Regardless of this, studying Earth Sciences at Durham University was a quite overwhelming possibility, particularly as there are other trainees on my course who have particular Geology certifications and anticipation.

I have actually constantly enjoyed finding out brand-new things however it extremely rapidly emerged how challenging it can be to check out brand-new clinical concepts without anticipation. It is simple to forget that the terms utilized by researchers, day in and day out is absolutely not typical location for most of individuals.

To comprehend more about my topic, I chose to check out some more uncommon channels to find out things in a more available method. To my excellent surprise, Instagram blog sites showed a really effective method of doing this. Using images in addition to brief descriptions provided concepts in a fast and visual method.

This experience highlighted to me the value of interaction within science; however likewise made me unfortunate to believe that some individuals are losing out on finding out about the world around them even if the info isn’t constantly provided in an available method.

Experiences of a Geologist.

For this factor, I began Experiences of a Geologist, my extremely own Instagram blog site, with the goal of sharing clinical concepts shown by my travel and finding out experiences. It is everything about gaining from the world around us, which together with my establishing understanding as an ambitious (if rather unskilled) geology trainee is a perfect mix.

@adventures_ofa_geologist was established in January this year and ever since the assistance I have actually gotten actually astonished me. Now with over 6,000 fans to find out things from, there is never ever a dull minute! From travel suggestions to ideas of books to read I am constantly finding out brand-new things. It is so motivating to get messages and remarks; particularly when fans state they have actually found out brand-new things from my posts.

Over the last couple of months, I have actually developed rather a container list of geological websites to go to allowing me to continue sharing my knowing experiences with the remarkably big ‘insta rock neighborhood’!

My preferred blog site interaction up until now came last summer season when preparing a journey to Sicily. A fan suggested The Alcantara Canyon, a spectacular river canyon lined with basalt columns from an ancient lava circulation; it was right away on the container list.

Rushing down to the base of the canyon, I wasn’t gotten ready for the unbelievable views that appeared around me. The walls of basalt towering 50 m high showed unbelievable examples of columnar jointing. This is a geological function where cooling lava agreements about a single point forming pillars like those at the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland. It was another pointer of how incredible the world around us is and how fired up I was to begin studying Earth Sciences at university.

Beginning University.

I am only simply a number of months into university at Durham therefore far, have actually never ever stopped finding out! There are many incredible chances to get associated with, a favourite of mine being the Celebrate Science occasion. Arranged by the university for the advantage of regional school kids, and it’s FREE, this was the ideal method to see how interaction of science can have such an effect on youths and how crucial it is to make science as available as possible.

Follow me on insta and keep an eye out for more blog sites from me as I continue my experiences as a geologist #geologyrocks.


Lucy Jackson.

Hi! I’m Lucy, a very first year Earth Sciences trainee at Durham University. With a love for science, travel and experience, I am eager to interact clinical concepts to the general public through my experiences. My Instagram blog site, Adventures_ofa_geologist, follows my journey as a woman pursuing an even more in STEM.

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